Rocket fuel from dirt... Let's cook!
October 2, 2013 11:03 AM Subscribe
For a book I am ghostwriting, I'm researching how a Mars colony might support itself. Perchlorates in the martian soil can be refined out to produce solid rocket fuel. My question is -- how would the stuff be manufactured?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit to science & nature (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A useful by-product is oxygen, which would certainly be useful for the colony. Say a colony has 200 people. How big an installation would be needed to provide oxygen for them by reducing the perchlorates? And what might that installation look like in terms of hardware?